American Dream Died – Nuclear Blast on 7th of April 2015
Seminal NYC hardcore veterans AGNOSTIC
FRONT, have changed the face of music throughout their 30-year long
career. The two records that started it all, United Blood and
Victim in Pain, are legendary New York hardcore release and were
partially responsible for the creation of the hardcore genre itself. Now with
their 11th studio album, The American Dream
Died, the band has perhaps made their most aggressive album in
recent years, while still embodying every era of their music. From crossover, to
proto grindcore, to subtle oi influences; there’s something for every
AGNOSTIC FRONT fan. “Myself and the band has never felt so
confident and passionate about a release,” affirms vocalist Roger
Miret. “It’s full of anger, rage and honesty; all the makings of a
classic! The session was really intense and the results show it
These rarely confronted and always respected leaders of hardcore
were established as one of the meanest-sounding bands in the emerging punk
genre, helping to initiate the term "hardcore,” and placing an entire uproar on
the New York map by association. From the start, AGNOSTIC
FRONT released a catalogue of fast and violent punk tunes consisting of
distinctive and aggressive drumming, fuming guitars, overdriven bass work, and a
non-stop barrage of chaotic shouting.
Long outliving their now-legendary
contemporaries like Minor Threat, SSD,
Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, AGNOSTIC
FRONT could easily live off their laurels, but their fight is yet over!
Throughout their storied history, AGNOSTIC FRONT has been
anything but a ravishing group of individuals living prosperously and content.
In fact, the band is more akin to have experienced growing up in adverse
streets, undergoing arduous times, serving time in prison, become inflicted with
murdered friends, the list would go on perpetually. But while there are definite
vestiges of the past affecting them, they manage to continue and expose the
conflicts they had to undergo in a compellingly evocative approach by relating
it to their views of the world today.
Once again, with the help of
producer Freddy Cricien (MADBALL),AGNOSTIC
FRONT continues to be living embodiment that “hardcore for life” isn’t
an empty slogan or a musical dead end. Recorded at Buzzbomb Sound
Labswith Paul Miner
(TERROR, H2O, ATREYU, DEATH BY
STEREO, ETC.,), The American Dream
Died reaffirms that AGNOSTIC FRONT as a band,
still operates like a musical razor blade. Quite simply, this is the hardcore
record of the year.
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